Bronwyn Beightol, Community Update

NOT Giving Up. NOT Giving In: United Way Suncoast Community Update

I believe that you see something that you want to get done, you cannot give up, and you cannot give in. — Representative John Lewis, Civil Ri…
Science-of-Reading

A Glimpse at the Science of Reading

I recently had the opportunity as an Engagement Team member to tune into the Cox Campus presentation of the 23rd Annual Montag Family Communi…
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SCGLR Summer 2021, Full Steam Ahead!

Recently, 25+ engagement team members hopped on Zoom to begin diving into the upcoming Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge. You’d probably imag…
EOD Family Engagement Night

EOD Family Engagement Night with Cedric Hameed

On March 2, 2021, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partnered with Embracing Our Differences to celebrate Embracing Our Differenc…
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Soar in 4: Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Bags

Soar in 4 is a community education program, aligned with the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, that was created in 2016 as a respons…
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They Say Money Can’t Buy Happiness. Here’s Proof, Quarters Can!

Editor’s Note: All names have been changed to protect personal privacy. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) just completed…
Angie Matthiessen, executive director of United Way of Charlotte County

Leave the Summer Slide on the Playground

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Port Charlotte Sun on September 19, 2020. Angie Matthiessen is the executive director …
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Aspirations for a Seamless Transition from VPK to Kindergarten

An assumption could be made that most parents, teachers, and caregivers aspire to provide quality care for children. Evidence from many resea…
Jennie Joseph

Taking the Risk Out of Motherhood

The increased maternal mortality rate among black women holds true across income and coverage status. The country with the most expensive hea…
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How Can We Support Kids in Foster Care? Change Their Narrative

A girlfriend told me she wanted to foster but would wait until her own child grew up and moved out, just to be safe. This doesn’t make her a …

What we’re doing is great, but can we do better?

Early brain development, parent engagement, and school readiness are important keys to every child’s success. When local Pediatricians suppor…
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DeSoto County: A Successful 2019, and a Keen Vision for GLR in 2020

Historically, DeSoto County’s third grade reading scores have hovered below 30%. In 2018, only 29% of third-grade students in the county were…
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The Happiest Laundromat in the World!

When I first told a good friend that I’d be at the “Pop Up Neighbor Through Laundry” event at the SuperMatt in Port Charlotte, FL, she practi…
SCGLR team and volunteers in Port Charlotte

With Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Blessings Abound

Editor’s Note: *Names have been changed to protect privacy “This is a true blessing.” “I feel like I won the lottery today.” “This means a lo…
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Bronwyn Beightol’s 2019 Community Update Breakfast Speech

Since January, we have been listening to our community, reaching out to hear community voice and shared aspirations. Recently, we held a meet…
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Stepping Forward Past the Fear-Based Stories We Tell Ourselves

“BRAIN MATTERS” An International Documentary with a Local Connection   In “Brain Matters,” Director Carlota Nelson travels the world –…
DeSoto County Boys & Girls Club

Harwood Reflection

As I began this reflection, I realized it was my 5th anniversary as a Harwood Public innovator. In 2014, I’d participated in the Harwood Inst…
"Brain Matters" in Charlotte County

BRAIN MATTERS

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by the United Way of Charlotte County and is written by Kim Amontree, Charlotte County S…
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